“… it is the 20th repeat ride, not the first that is the most important.” Well said, Tony. He did some great things, and hopefully will continue to advise on more great things to come. The man got it. He knew what it was about, and he will be missed.
This is a sad day. There are no good imagineers left. They are all retiring and the newer ones have very poor imaginations and rely on too many cheap tricks that break down too much. What a sad day.
Well good luck to him. He’s made quite a mark on Disney history and will be remembered for as long as people are still visiting Disney Parks. Still, I’m optimistic about the future of Imagineering. Every one of their attractions I’ve experienced has proven to me that I can rely on their creations to find entertainment, and I have faith that the future Imagineers Tony Baxter has mentored/will mentor will continue this tradition.
i saw him once in front of the haunted mansion. i knew i recognized him from someplace but couldn’t place him at the time. it was a slap-myself-in-the-head-moment later when i realized who i had seen.
he’s contributed so much to the parks, at least he can leave knowing what an impact he’s had for people all over the world. how many of us can leave our jobs knowing that?
Total BS flying here.
Iger ordered Bruce to axe him solely because he dislikes Tony.
It’s IGER who needs to be forced out of Disney — his ego could warehouse a dozen Michael Eisners.
Iger is 100 times better than Eisner. Disney had responded to new technology and pressures due to his leadership and will continue to be amazing. I agree there’s something fishy going on here, and I’m sad to see Tony go, but I’m sure the reason will come out one day.
A very talented designer, but a lousy leader. He helped usher in the era of egos that nearly destroyed this place.
Tony had been telling friends for a long time that he was going to retire on his next birthday. His birthday was February 1st.
Maybe I misheard or was being optimistic, but on episode 409, I heard the show director call one segment of Mickey and the Magical Map, “Journey Into Imagination.” With Tony Baxter departing DL and WDI, this is a fitting tribute.
Tony Baxter is a Wonderful Guy and has done lots for the Disney company! I hope that one day when I got to Disneyland, is to meet him and thank him for all he’s done. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is my all time favorite ride!
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